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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. West Anderson" <>
Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 02:20:46 +0000

This would be direct to the point. We are
experts in the sale of raw materials.We export
into Canada/America and some parts of Europe.

We are searching for agents who can help us
establish a medium of getting to our customers in
America/Canada and Europe as well as making
payments through you to us.

For more information you can write to:

Mr. West Anderson
Secretary General
China Metallurgical Import & Export Henan Company

Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the
opportunity to negotiate the mode of which we will
pay for your services as our representative in

If interested, please, forward to us your phone
number/fax and your full contact addresses.


Mrs. Kim Chow Lee
P.R. (marketing)
China Metallurgical Import & Export Henan Company

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